Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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Updates during this time of pandemic and resources to use at home

  • Our churches have now re-opened! For locations and details click here – we look forward to seeing you!
  • All services will follow government guidelines as follows:
    • Social distancing – please sit 2m or more apart using marked pews or seats as they are positioned
    • Please use hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the church
    • Wearing of face covering is recommended
    • No singing – we may have some music to hum along to!
    • Communion will be with wafers only
    • Services will be on wipe clean laminated sheets – please leave on the seat at the end of the service
  • Our online services will continue, led by Rev Lynn and other worship leaders using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are on most days of the week. Click here for details. Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us.
  • Our churches are also open for private prayers and visitors, click here for details.
  • Pub theology is taking a break for August….
  • Families in Downderry are in financial need at this difficult time – Click here for more details – please help if you can.
  • Lynn’s letter for August and the monthly newsletter can be found here
  • A booklet of prayers during the pandemic can be downloaded here: Outbreak Prayer Book Digital Single Pages 2 April_0

Other online options

The Truro Diocese all age session at 9.30 on Facebook continue on a Sunday as usual! There is now a rota for these sessions that will still include Bishop Philip and Ruth.

You can download Bishop Philip’s most recent pastoral message here:  Bishop Philip letter 17.4.20

Or you could still listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.

Or you could look at: Church of England website – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country!

A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:

Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:

Click here and choose what you need.

To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer

Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.

Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer

If you have any difficulties with the daily prayer or have any questions please email and we’ll try to help.
Have a browse around the Church House Publishing website as there are other things of interest, perhaps https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/reflections-for-daily-prayer   Some of these apps require a subscription, but Daily Prayer is free.


The normal ‘Sunday Sheets’ for August can be found here: August2020



Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenfordhttp://www.hessenford.net


Lynn’s Letter

It has been really lovely to see so many people taking the opportunity to get together and worship via the internet using zoom. There is now a regular pattern of services, and the weekday morning or evening prayer are led by the readers or worship leaders. These are always interesting as I have given them a chance to be creative, and so we have seen them using videos and music and homilies to enhance the daily prayer time.

Now that we have the opportunity to be back together in church on a Sunday morning for “real” services, I have added the Sunday evening worship for those people who are not yet able to come out, or who feel that joining together on a Sunday evening is a good way to round up the weekend in praise and thanks giving.

You will notice on the pattern of services that your church has a service now every other week, with the week in between having a service at another local church in the benefice. I do hope you will take this opportunity to find new friends and services as you travel around the benefice to find Sunday worship that suits.

Weddings will also be starting up in August and although we have to adhere to current government guidelines with no singing, the wearing of masks and social distancing, it will be lovely to welcome the wedding couples and their families and friends into church for a time of celebration, and we will endeavour to make these occasions a day to remember.

Another new occurrence in the benefice is that we are delighted to welcome Laura Bushell-Hawke here as our new curate. She would normally have been ordained Deacon by now, but with lockdown this has not happened, but nevertheless she is starting to work with us joining in on services and getting to find her way around the churches.

Please say hello when you meet her and welcome her and her family to our benefice.


Yours in Christ

Canon Lynn

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For this month’s newsletter please click on this link 8. August 2020 Newsletter

And a letter from our new curate Laura:

Who is the new curate? 

I’m Laura and I’m married to George. Until recently George and I lived in Saltash with our children Isabella and Sebastian.   We’ve have been married for thirteen years, having run away to get married by a minister over the anvil at Gretna Green.  George works in the manufacturing sector and is responsible for Quality Assurance and Health & Safety within a company based in Saltash.  He is currently completing a Masters degree with the Open University.

Issy goes into Year 7 this September, she is a keen Guide and loves animals.  Seb is heading into Year 3, he is a Lego expert and a fast runner.  Issy and Seb share a love of biscuits, mummy’s baking and making mischief when it will make mummy most embarrassed!

My faith journey has been quite rapid: having experienced a strong and sudden unexpected desire to attend church on Christmas Eve 2012 I’ve taken a very steep learning curve into Christian life, starting with taking the children to Messy Church, through to regularly attending on a Sunday morning, doing the Alpha Course and on to being confirmed.  On Christmas Eve 2015 during the midnight Eucharist I realised that God was leading me on the path to Ordination.  The Bishop of Truro agreed to me starting training for Ordination and I attended the newly opened St Mellitus College South West.  This is a national college that primarily trains candidates for Ordination in the Church of England.  I was fortunate to be allowed to train for three years studying for the BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission.  St Mellitus College emphasises the practical application of the teaching, so part of each week was spent out in placement with the Tamar Valley Benefice, in addition I did a long placement at Liskeard and with Marjon Uni’s Chaplaincy Team.

I came to Ordination training having owned my own business teaching accredited courses such as First Aid, Health and Safety and Safeguarding which was a very rewarding job helping people to have the confidence to save a life.  Since 2002 I have also volunteered with the RAF Air Cadets, which is how I met George and later on we were both commissioned into the Training branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve.  My final post was with the National Media Communications Team at RAF Cranwell, co-chairing the Volunteer Recruitment Committee.  I really enjoyed working with the Team and learned a lot about press releases, social media and how to raise the profile of an organisation.

As a family we are delighted to be joining the St Germans, Antony and Sheviock Benefice and look forward to getting to know you all as we continue discover God’s Kingdom here in South East Cornwall.

With love and prayers – Laura

~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

All our public events have been cancelled for the time being but we are meeting online where we can.

Zoom Pub Theology

Taking a break for August

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Topics:       TBA….in September

For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on richard.laugharne@nhs.net

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Downderry families need your help!

Young families are suffering through lay-offs or vastly reduced income.

To help these young families, food parcels of around £30 value each have been delivered to the school to be passed to families as they see fit. This has been done through the generosity of local anonymous donors in co-operation with Downderry Stores who also were generous in their provision.

In addition the school have placed a covered plastic box outside the school so that individuals can drop items of tinned or dry food plus domestic consumables during the school day – the school being open for children of key workers.

The purpose of this notice is to give you an opportunity to support this ministry at this special time in our national life. There are three ways you can do this:

1. You can support a family by funding a shopping box. The cost is in the region of £30 and you should contact David Watters (01503 250 521 or david.watters1@gmail.com) and he will give you details about how this will work.

2. If £30 at one go is too much for you – and we understand that! – drop CASH in an envelope through David’s door (Jasione, Front Road, Downderry) marked ‘For Families in Need’ – you can add your name if you want to but you do not have to …….

3. You can deliver tins etc to the box at St Nicolas School- or if you cannot get there yourself, let David know and collection can be arranged.

We can all be sure that this problem will be with us for some time and families might need support for many weeks or months – so this is not a ‘one of’ situation but it is a God-given opportunity to demonstrate Christian love and support in and for our community.

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Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

Currently cancelled, but work going on in the background

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!

If you’d like to help out please speak to Evelyn or ring her on 01503 230449

Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt


Events at St Germans Priory Church


None at present



Services and events in our other Benefice Churches



St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.

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Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish address for email is:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:

If you are able, please consider a donation to help the work of the church in our community by clicking on the logo:

OUR CHURCHES ARE NOW OPEN…..We look forward to seeing you!

From Sunday 19th the churches in the benefice will re-open. We will not be offering the same number of services as before (to avoid cross-contamination etc.). We’ll review the situation in September. All services will follow government guidelines regarding social distancing – please refer to main page for details.

The service rota for July and August is as below. All services are at 10am

3rd SundayJuly 19thDownderryCommunion
July 19thSheviockMorning Worship
4th SundayJuly 26thAntonyCommunion BCP
July 26thSt GermansMorning Worship
1st SundayAugust 2ndSheviockCommunion
August 2ndDownderryMorning Worship
2nd SundayAugust 9thSt GermansCommunion
August 9thAntonyMorning Prayer BCP
3rd SundayAugust 16thDownderryCommunion
August 16thSheviockMorning Worship
4th SundayAugust 23rdAntonyCommunion BCP
August 23rdSt GermansMorning Worship
5th SundayAugust 30thSt GermansUnited Benefice


Every Tuesday(start July 14th)TidefordCommunion

We will continue to run our online services as below:

Sundays7pmEvening Worship
Mondays7pmEvening or Night prayer
Wednesdays10amMorning Prayer
Thursdays7pmEvening or Night prayer
Fridays10amMorning Prayer
Saturdays7pmEvening or Night prayer

Please email Rev. Lynn, details below, if you would like to join us.

Rev. Lynnparker30@hotmail.com

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Church openings for private prayer and limited visitors:

St Germans Priory church is open between 10am and 4pm on the following days:

Weds 29thWeds 5th
Weds 12th
Sunday 16th
Weds 19th
Weds 26th

St Anne’s church at Hessenford is open on Wednesday and Sunday every week.

Whilst you are in church please observe all the posted guidelines and refrain from touching any items more than necessary. Please bring your own materials for private prayer.

This website and our A Church Near You sites, in particular the Tideford website https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2567/ will update and maintain resources you can use at home for personal and world prayer. Please also refer to details in the welcome section at left.

A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

The normal ‘Sunday sheets‘ for August can be found here: August2020


THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

With the restrictions imposed by the government it is now difficult for us to collect and deliver food to the foodbank

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as panic buying and wage cuts take effect

How can you help the Foodbank?

The best way to help now is to give money directly to the foodbank – please give what you can using this link:


Alternatively, if your supermarket has a foodbank bin, please put items in there.

If you could help through regular donations they would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. They can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Paul Gribble

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Peter Daw

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods